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Avengers: No Road Home #10 Reviews

Adventures In Poor Taste: 10/10 “Beautifully written and well timed for Marvel’s 80th anniversary this is one of the best finishes to a Marvel event in some time.”

Caped-Joel: 10/10 “A truly beautiful work of art. An utter love letter to the Marvel fan base and Marvel’s history…No Road Home #10 ends up being one of the best Marvel comics I’ve read all year round and an absolute must read for anyone who was trade-waiting.”

Comic Book Resources: “Ewing, Waid and Zub present the finale as a metatextual meditation on the nature of storytelling, the importance of hope in a medium that recently been overly preoccupied with darkness, and what it takes to be a hero.”

Comic-Watch: 9.8/10 “I’m not sure what I really wanted out of Avengers: No Road Home when I began this journey, but whatever it was, it was dwarfed by the absolute treat that was delivered by this outstanding creative team.”

Comics: The Gathering: 9/10 “In the finale of No Road Home, the heroes’ triumphant victory takes shape as an ode to the limitless possibilities of storytelling in the Mighty Marvel Manner.”

Fortress of Solitude: 9.5/10 “An utterly charming and fantastic end to this 10-part series that in a really nice and enduring way paid homage to Marvel.”

Newsarama: 9/10 “Avengers: No Road Home #10 speaks well to the power of stories, why these comics have endured for so long and meant so much to so many people, all in the service of holding back the darkness, both literally and figuratively…each issue of this series has either thrilled, moved, or entertained – and sometimes accomplished all three.”

Pop Cult HQ: “Avengers: No Road Home is refreshing in its simplicity and is written by people who have a real affection for superhero comics.”

Talking Comic Books: “The impressive creative team behind Avengers: No Road Home turned out an enjoyable weekly event that was full of fun and excitement. This group of Avengers was an eclectic grouping of Earths Mightiest Heroes, both past and present, which led to much of my enjoyment over the course of this series.”

Zona Negativa: 9.3/10 “…One of the best stories published this year. Not just because it respects the past, but because of its high quality and ability to open new doors to the future.”

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Arriving in July-

CHAMPIONS #7
JIM ZUB (W)
STEVEN CUMMINGS (A)
Cover by KIM JACINTO

• The WAR OF THE REALMS is over, but its effect on the Champions has shaken the team to its very core.
• Meanwhile, Sam Alexander’s mission in space takes an unexpected turn.
• Will he find redemption, or is this the last ride for the human rocket?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

TONY STARK: IRON MAN #14
DAN SLOTT & JIM ZUB (W)
VALERIO SCHITI (A)
Cover by INHYUK LEE
CARNAGE-IZED VARIANT COVER BY PASQUAL FERRY

“THE ONE-STEP PROGRAM”
When Iron Man tells Captain Marvel that he can’t be her sponsor because he may or may not have fallen off the wagon, Carol doesn’t it take it well. What is Tony Stark’s new high-tech solution for sobriety? Find out why this might be his worst idea yet. Featuring the villainy of the all-new Spymaster. And follow Jocasta as she decides to go all in for “the ultimate upgrade.”
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

SECRET WARPS: ARACHKNIGHT ANNUAL #1
AL EWING & JIM ZUB (W)
CARLOS VILLA & CARLO BARBERI (A)
Cover by CARLOS GOMEZ

“SECRET WARPS,” PART 4 – SUPREMEUNIVERSAL!
• The web-spinning Arachknight finds himself out of the depth of all four of his personas as his own warped universe begins colliding with another — the New Supreme Universe, homes of the Supreme Seven!
• PLUS: A bonus tale of ol’ AK trying to persuade the Terrific Two to become a Trio!
40 PGS./Rated T+ …$4.99

This July: I’m Writing Savage Sword of Conan!

SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN #7
JIM ZUB (W)
PATCH ZIRCHER (A)
Cover by MARCO CHECCHETTO
Variant Cover by PHILIP TAN

HITHER CAME…CONAN THE GAMBLER?!

A chance violent encounter in Shadizar lands young CONAN a position as a bodyguard for a wealthy merchant. But a twist of fate will put Conan in the hot seat — and no choice but to play the hand he’s dealt in a deadly game of SERPENT’S BLUFF! Conan will rely on his sword — and his wits — while navigating the seedy underworld of “civilized” gambling while making sure he stays clear of the deadly “Debtors Lounge”! Magic, mystery and action abound when writer Jim Zub (CHAMPIONS, AVENGERS: NO ROAD HOME) joins forces with artist Patch Zircher (HULK; TERROR, INC.) for the first of a three-part epic — CONAN THE GAMBLER!

PLUS: The next chapter in the all-new CONAN novella “THE SHADOW OF VENGEANCE”!

32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

No Road Home Wrap-Up

The final issue of Avengers: No Road Home arrives in comic shops today. It’s a big and bold tribute to the Marvel Universe, released during Marvel’s 80th anniversary and just a handful of days before the Avengers: Endgame movie caps off a decade of Marvel movie magic.

Wow.

Getting the chance to work on Earth’s Mightiest Heroes for the past two years (almost three years if you count my seven issues of Uncanny Avengers in there too) has been such an incredible experience. Everyone involved has worked so hard to see these stories come to life.

Al Ewing and Mark Waid have been brothers-in-arms and dear friends, collaborating at every step to make the best story possible. We put our hearts and minds into building a story we could be proud of. We leaned on each other’s strengths and filled in for each other’s weaknesses. Mark and Al have taught me an incredible amount about writing and teamwork.

Paco Medina (with Juan Vlasco on inks), Sean Izaakse, and Carlo Barberi stepped up to deliver the best art of their careers (so far). These character-packed epics are tough to write, but they’re way harder to illustrate and our line artists tirelessly pushed to put their best on every single page.

Jesus Aburtov, Marcio Menyz, Erick Arciniega, and Jay David Ramos brought their A-game to the colors as well, adding stunning palettes, light and mood to complete the look.

Corey Petit and Joe Sabino have been our intrepid letterers, focusing and finalizing our words, sometimes making sweeping changes at the last minute to ensure that everything flowed even as we hit our grueling weekly deadline for the printers.

Yasmine Putri delivered ten covers (as shown below) that effortlessly distilled each chapter into a stunning illustration that grabbed readers from across the store.

Joshua James Shaw took the broad concepts we brainstormed for our foes and designed them to be iconic and distinctive villains worthy of standing shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the best in the Marvel canon.

Editors Alanna Smith, and Shannon Andrews ran the gauntlet of scheduling, story development, and continuity. No matter how much prep gets done, these weekly titles always end up being a sprint at the end. They kept pace and made sure the baton completed the journey so we all get to enjoy this celebration at the finish line.

Editorial lead Tom Brevoort has always been at the forefront of these weekly Avengers projects. His leadership carried them from the wisp of an initial idea into something so much more. I can’t thank him enough for having faith and trust in our crew, giving us the freedom to come up with these crazy stories and guidance to see them through to the end.

Editor-In-Chief CB Cebulski was in the room as we developed the story that would become No Road Home. He let us run wild with ideas, and helped refocus us when we’d gotten off track. He also had the brilliant suggestion of adding Rocket to our cast, an outside-the-box idea that brought a lot of joy and pathos to the final story.

Like the Avengers themselves, these books are a team effort and being a part of this team has been a thrill.

Thank you for this wonderful experience, again. It’s stunning to be a part of it and it’s stunning to hear from so many people that we delivered the goods and made our mark.

Zub

Avengers: No Road Home #9 Reviews

Caped-Joel: 8.5/10 “I’m happy to say that this series is really keeping the momentum right until the final couple issues…This really has been one of the best Marvel stories I’ve read all year long.”

Comic Frontline: 9/10 “No Road Home continues to bring the best Avengers team we’ve had in years to us here.”

Comic-Watch: 8.9/10 “A fitting segue into the final act of the story and still the anticipation is high. Rollicking good adventure and believable peril for all concerned.”

Comics: The Gathering: “No Road Home #9 manages to satisfy and succeed because it makes its cast highly compelling (and makes them visually gorgeous).”

Embrace Your Geekness: “This is easily the best Avengers based series going today and could be the best comic Marvel is putting out.”

Fortress Of Solitude: 9/10 “I really have to applaud the writers for giving us some of the best character content currently at Marvel and having it all make sense with all these different characters. Everyone got a moment to shine.”

Newsarama: 8/10 “Under the collective pen of Al Ewing, Mark Waid and Jim Zub, their narrative shows no signs of slowing down from the fast pace that has characterized the series thus far, but all the more impressive is how it continues to keep things moving while still having moments of introspection throughout. “

Champions #4 Reviews

All-Comic: “It’s absolutely unmissable for a fan of any of the characters and given how well Zub manages to balance the dynamic between the cast as well as introduce powerful new players to the game, it’d be almost criminal not to read this book at this point.”

Black Nerd Problems: 8.5/10 “Cummings artwork was practically made for explosive action scenes that look damn good in every panel. It also helps that he gets to play with a lot of the teams’ different powers and abilities.”

Caped-Joel: “Jim Zub continues to deliver the hits with this book. This really does feel like the end of a major chapter in the series history.”

ComicBook.com: 10/10 “It’s rare that a team of young heroes is this relatable and written this well, this consistently.”

Comic Book University: “These are kids and they’re played as kids. If Zub is writing a comic book, he’s going to deliver the character the best way possible.”

Comic Crusaders: 8/10 “If you’ve been following this title, this issue is it. You need to read it, if only for the peace of mind. It’s necessary if you want closure, much like these characters deserve.”

Comic Frontline: 9/10 “Overall this is one of the best and most consistent books Marvel is putting out.”

Comicon.com: “Steven Cummings continues to prove himself an artistic powerhouse with this comic. The action scenes are lively, the and the more dramatic scenes come together really well under Cummings’ pen.”

Major Spoilers: 7.7/10 “Zub and Cummings are delivering a strong book with some very entertaining use of characters who deserve the spotlight”

On Comics Ground: “The artwork from Steven Cummings and Marcio Menyz remains very effective, as the emotional heart-to-heart between Miles and Kamala, and the brawl between Kaldera and the rest of the Champions are both equally attractive and compelling!”

Pop Culture Squad: “This is a fantastic team superhero book. Zub has everyone’s voice down. Cummings deftness at placing many different characters in panels from different camera angles is superb.”

Avengers: No Road Home #8 Reviews

Caped-Joel: “Another enjoyable issue in what has probably been one of the most enjoyable series at Marvel this year.”

Comic Book Resources: “Fight issues can be complicated to read on their own as part of a larger story, but Avengers: No Road Home #8 succeeds in moving the plot forward while balancing its cast with strong character moments.”

Comic Book University: “This is a crazy-good comic book, guys.”

ComicBook.com: 8/10 “With some great (and beautifully illustrated) fight scenes, and a few very sincere and meaningful moments, this stands out as one of the better entries in the No Road Home saga.”

Comic-Watch: 8.7/20 “Once again, Jim Zub, Mark Waid and Al Ewing manage to maintain the precarious balance of explosive action and contemplative characterization which has become the Hallmark of this series. There’s a clever duality to this series which is reflected on every level, from the structure of the narrative to the layout of the art. “

Comics: The Gathering: “Hercules’ struggle with Oizys is the stuff of epics. The Prince of Power doesn’t shy away from making the fight allegorical, and his thoughts on how misery need to be fought land firmly in universal applicability.”

Detail Comics: “Probably one of the best mini-series that’s come out in recent years.”

Do You Even Comic Book?: 8/10 “The series is strong largely due to the unique makeup of the various teams and how the characters interact with each other. The characters get to display their humanity whether it’s Hercules or even Vision. I like how the writer’s take opportunities to explore the emotional vulnerabilities of the characters.”

Embrace Your Geekness: “The key to this entire series is how expertly these Avengers blend together. An unlikely crew, they work surprisingly well together.”

Fortress Of Solitude: 8.5/10 “With two issues left, I’m really looking forward to seeing the Avengers go all out in trying to stop Nyx.”

Avengers: No Road Home #7 Reviews

Caped-Joel: 8/10 “I’m quite impressed at how this series is able to shift perspective the way it does without losing any story fidelity.”

Comic Book University: “This comic book is fire. It’s like holding fire in your hands, but somehow you are tempered steel so you’re okay with it.”

Comic-Watch: 8.3/10 “The AVENGERS series every Avengers fan should be reading.”

Comics: The Gathering: 8/10 “A complex, satisfying star turn by Monica Rambeau is the shining beacon that steers this issue safely onto solid ‘good comics’ ground.”

Embrace Your Geekness: “The reason Avengers: No Road Home is so great is that they are focusing on characters. Even in a major battle between the Avengers and Nyx, they focus in on Monica and her doubts, and Wanda and her perceived weaknesses.”

Fortress Of Solitude: 8.5/10 “A surprising twist of an issue that saw the bad guy inching closer to unlocking her power.”

Marvel Report: 9/10 “Paco Medina is doing some of his best work on this book he truly is giving us modern classic takes on the Avengers”

Newsarama: “Essentially an issue-long fight sequence, the writing staff keeps the pace pretty brisk throughout, scaffolding the whole thing with some in-depth narration from Monica.”

Sci-Fi Pulse: “A fun issue with lots of action, while the Hulk continues to scheme. I was happy with the action in the Hyborian Age and look forward to seeing more of the Avengers and Conan in action together.”

You Don’t Read Comics: “The human-against-god conflict is smartly constructed. A heroic human struggles against a villainous god. It’s capable of being compelling stuff. Zub, Waid and Ewing frame the conflict cleverly in a satisfying issue.”

Avengers: No Road Home #6 Reviews

Adventures In Poor Taste: 9/10 “Marvel Comics has cleverly snuck a Conan comic into an Avenger comic with great results. This has everything you’d want in a Conan book”

Caped-Joel: “A high point in a series that’s already been filled with lots of high points.”

Comic Book University: “This was a great comic book, dare I say the best in the series so far? I think I’ve said that about every issue.”

ComicBook.com: 8/10 “Conan and Scarlet Witch are the focus of the entire issue, and they’re a fantastic pairing as the elements of magic and brutality make for a wonderful duet. It’ll be exciting to see where their story goes from here.”

Comic-Watch: 9.1/10 “Avengers: No Road Home #6 manages to execute a neat magic trick– to fold Conan into the Marvel Universe without it seeming forced or sloppy but fully organic to the essence of the character.”

Comics: The Gathering: 9/10 “The fast takeaway is that the creators have sneakily inserted a Conan comic (a really good Conan comic) into their Avengers event. But that’s not the whole story. This is also a good Avengers comic. It’s even a pretty dang good Scarlet Witch comic.”

Detail Comics: “I’m a real big fan of Avengers: No Road Home and I think #6, while a strong departure from the rest of the story line, is still a really solidly put together issue that’s going to keep people coming back for more.”

Do You Even Comic Book?!: 8/10 “In all, this has been a fun, beautifully-drawn adventure so far, and I’m excited to see how the story goes, especially with the addition of Conan.”

Embrace Your Geekness: “I love this book after six issues. It has taken a non-typical Avengers threat and weaved an amazing story with some exceptional character moments.”

Fortress Of Solitude: 8.5/10 “Avengers: No Road Home #6 was a great fantasy epic portion of the story that added Conan into the plot and teamed him with Scarlet Witch. That team-up was a really awesome pairing.”

Legion Of Myth: 9/10 “I can’t believe it. Conan in the Avengers is good. I’m really liking it. I thought it was dumb as an idea, but I’m really liking it now.”

Monkeys Fighting Robots: 8/10 “Readers will appreciate the addition without feeling robbed of their Avengers story. Zub, Waid, and Ewing are expanding the heroes’ landscape in a remarkable way.”

Newsarama: 10/10 “the team here really rises to the occasion, for the audience and the story, making Conan’s modern Marvel debut feel like the moment it should be. By Crom, I can’t wait for more.”

You Don’t Read Comics: “Izaakse’s art carries the same aggressive weight in the world of Conan that it does in the Marvel Universe, which keeps the story feeling quite fluid in the weird Hyborean fugue that dominates this issue.”

CBR Interview About Conan and the Avengers

Al Ewing, Mark Waid, and I chatted with Dave Richards at Comic Book Resources all about the new issue of Avengers: No Road Home where the Scarlet Witch adventures in Hyboria with the world’s greatest barbarian. Give it a read!